Re-working a patchwork UFO

Encouraged by the recent finish of a long-term UFO quilt I reached back into the UFO Cupboard of Shame and brought out a large bag containing thirty-five 12″ blocks, left over fabrics, backing fabric and a large piece of cotton wadding. I was all ready for the challenge of finishing this project until I put three of seven rows of blocks up onto the design wall and took a moment to look over the magazine pattern.

With borders this quilt would measure a hefty 98″ by 68″. Way beyond the size I feel comfortable quilting. Would it really be worth investing time and effort stitching the top together when I knew I’d either get frustrated quilting it or, more likely, return it to the Cupboard un-quilted?

I posed the following question via Instagram and Facebook: ‘Is it OK to ditch a UFO?’ The responses were so helpful and encouraging. Ranging from ‘permission’ to scrap the project and move on, along with suggestions of how to use the blocks to make smaller projects.

With those suggestions running around my mind I began to feel much more positive about the UFO. I unpicked strips of three blocks from three of the rows and stitched them together to make a 36″ square.

I had a think, toyed with introducing other fabrics, finally deciding to add a border around the blocks to bring the flimsy up to a reasonable size. Looking through the bag of left-over fabrics I found a few partial strips of the feature fabrics and at least 1½m of the white on white background fabric. I decided to cut twelve squares of feature fabric and continue the patchwork pattern into the borders.

I’m pleased with how this looks 🙂 The squares running into the borders create a large on-point square running through the patchwork which helps keep the eye travelling around the quilt (in my humble opinion!). The flimsy measures 46½” square so a handy size for a baby quilt, a chair throw or even a wall hanging. Just the remaining twenty-six UFO blocks to deal with…

Linking with Susan for Midweek Makers. Susan is designing a camping themed quilt for her son.

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (119)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along a project (or two!) and be inspired by some of the topics and designs being shared by our Worldwide Quilting Community. If you’d like to add to the conversations and introduce your own links please do make use of the comments box at the end of the page. Thank you!

I don’t quite know what’s come over me but I cracked on with the Bargello quilt and can announce a finish! Get me!

The quilt began as an experiment to see if I could design and make Bargello blocks using an entire Jelly Roll. A bit of

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (117)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share 🙂 Bring along your project(s) and share in the inspiration and news circulated by our Worldwide Quilting Community. Do leave your links and ‘shares’ in the comments box at the end of the page. Thank you!

I’ve had opportunities for short bursts of activity in my sewing room this week. This hasn’t helped me to focus-in on any one project in particular… I realised there are four Works In Progress spread across my design wall! This is not really helping me keep motivated. I look back on several evenings when I could have made some progress with (and enjoyed) the hand applique Basket of Blooms block but instead chose to watch TV or fill the time doing Sudoko puzzles. Hey! Ho! It was good to watch the film ‘My Left Foot’ starring Daniel Day Lewis, telling the true story of Irish artist and writer Christy Brown.

Blue squares for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge; Bear Paws for the Quilter’s Color Quest; Drunkards Path blocks for the Rainbow Bargello quilt; and the Basket of Blooms applique.

This weekend I am resolved to make more of the Drunkard’s Path blocks – I have a plan for the Rainbow Bargello quilt 😉 – and make a couple more face masks as requested by my family. Maybe I’ll do a bit of needle turn applique too 🙂

Here is a bumper collection of quilty goodness provided by the Worldwide Quilting Community:

Patchwork quilters are, of course, a creative bunch. Many designers and teachers have mastered technology and are now offering workshops and guild lectures on line. One such is Amy Friend, her lecture subjects include improv paper piecing and an introduction to modern quilting. I wonder if any quilt groups in the UK are taking the online option as a way to continue to meet and learn together?

Over on the Flourishing Palms blog page there’s a free pattern and detailed tutorial for the Jiggle-Joggle-Jee quilt. It’s an ideal pattern if you have scraps to use up (‘if’ ha!ha!) and/or you fancy dipping your toe into the mysterious world of foundation paper piecing. Each of the Jiggle-Joggle-Jee blocks is made up of just three pieces of fabric and the tutorial is so comprehensive I’m sure a FPP newbie would grasp the technique and be flying through the blocks in no time 🙂

Rebecca has changed a fabric colour choice from her original digital design after seeing the physical fabrics up close to each other. I found her discussion around the decision to make the change very informative.

Michelle has taken the time to explain how she has been inspired by the works of artist Stanley Whitney.  She has made a number of thoughtful, colourful quilts and will be sharing more about her process of making quilts in a series of blog posts.

Nancy has also been working from inspiration – for her it was walking through a garden market, gazing at a host of roses, the red petals set off against the dark green leaves. Nancy has been making red and green blocks but now has to decide how to set them into a quilt top. She’s laid out several options to ponder and there are even more suggestions in the comments at the end of her post!

There’s a new linky party been launched by Melva at Melva Loves Scraps. The ‘Throwback Thursday’ link up can be used to link to social media posts as well as blog posts. The theme for the first Throwback Thursday link up is ‘Christmas in July’.

The Book Club Hand Pieced QAL has come to an end and Patty has compiled a gallery of the finished quilt tops. It’s always fascinating to see a quilt design interpreted into many different colourways. You may well find some inspiration as you scroll through the photos in Patty’s post 🙂

Linda has used up all her saved selvage strips to make a rag rug. She borrowed a peg loom to weave the rug and found it to be the perfect tool for creating the rug she had in mind.

More on-line classes … Christina Cameli is running free motion quilting and improv piecing classes. Maximum number of students in each class is just eight.

Linking with Alycia for Finished Or Not Friday and Cynthia for Oh! Scrap! Alycia has pulled out a UFO workshop quilt top and quilted it – well worth the effort – now she says we have to wait and see if she adds the binding by this coming October or the next! Cynthia is making blocks from selvages.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Footnotes – Face masks and applique circles

A short blog post – a round up of the projects left hanging in my previous post 🙂

I did get a bit of a face mask production line going on over the weekend. I settled on the reversible ‘New Design – DIY Breathable Mask with a Pocket‘ pattern. After making a couple I could remember the method without having to return to the YouTube video (which is just as well as the WiFi connection in my sewing room is rubbish!).

I’ve played around with the template a little, making it 1cm longer. And to finish each mask I top stitch the lower and upper edges to firm down the two layers of fabrics.

I asked readers of the Saturday Quilting Bring & Share blog post if they could recommend any mask patterns they had tried. Thank you to those who replied. Here are links to the recommended face mask patterns:

Once the masks were made I was glad to pick up my needle turn applique project – Basket of Blooms by Jo Avery. Time to try stitching down a small circle – finished size 1½” diameter. The detailed instructions and clear photos in my new book, ‘the Best-Ever Applique Sampler’ by Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins were so helpful.

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidMy finished shape certainly isn’t a smooth-edged, perfect circle but I’m satisfied with it and I’m absolutely sure it would have looked a lot rougher if I’d not followed the technique described in the book. I’m feeling in touch with GROW – my word of 2020 – as this project progresses 🙂

Linking with Dione at Clever Chameleon for Colour & Inspiration Tuesday and with Susan at www.quiltfabrication.com for Midweek Makers.

Allison